Weekly Updates
June 29 - July 5, 2020
Curbside Pickups are by appointment only. Pickup times are Monday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. [ Read More About the Curbside Service ] [ Book My Pickup ]

NEW: The Main Library's Book Drops are now open 5 days a week (Mondays through Fridays) between 9:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Fowler's Book Drops remain closed until further notice. Fowler's items can be returned to the Main Library's Book Drops during the above hours.

NEW: Patrons can now request items owned by other Minuteman libraries. We have resumed the Minuteman Library Network inter-library loan service.

Due dates for most borrowed items have been extended to June 30. Please email all inquiries to CFPLquestions@concordma.gov .
Virtual Talent Show for Kids and Teens
Imagine...create...write...perform...your story! 

Share your talents with your peers and the community in our  Virtual Talent Show for Kids and Teens !

HOW TO SIGN UP
  • Sign up for the talent show and we will be in touch with details and a permission form to be signed by an adult. [Sign Up]

WHERE TO SEND SUBMISSIONS
  • Once you have heard back from us and we have received your permission form, send us a video no longer than 3 minutes via WeTransfer to agraceson@minlib.net.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
  • Must be a video no longer than 3 minutes.
  • Video file type must be .MOV or .MP4.

HOW TO VIEW THE TALENT SHOW
  • The Talent Show will premiere on Saturday, August 29, in celebration of the Summer Learning Program, on Zoom and the Library's YouTube page (in a private link). After the premiere, the video will remain on YouTube for a week for participants to view at their leisure.
2020 Summer Learning Program
The Concord Free Public Library invites kids and teens to join the 2020 online Summer Learning Program, ” Imagine Your Story .” 

The program runs June 15 - August 31 and is free and open to children from preschool through high school. The goal of the Summer Learning Program is to keep kids and teens reading and learning during summer, ensuring that they maintain or gain skills and start the next school year on track and ready to learn. The program focuses on STEAM-related, educational, fun and enriching activities.

The Summer Learning Program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library and the Concord Free Public Library Corporation.

Join us every Friday in July starting on the 10th as we read aloud from the Concord Middle School’s  Big 6 Recommended Reading List .  

The first book that the group will read together is  Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez . This brilliant sci-fi romp with Cuban influence poses this question: What would you do if you had the power to reach through time and space and retrieve anything you want, including your mother, who is no longer living (in this universe, anyway)? A sassy entropy sweeper, a documentary about wedgies, a principal who wears a Venetian bauta mask, and heaping platefuls of Cuban food are just some of the delights that await in his mind-blowing novel gift-wrapped in love and laughter. Students can instantly download this title on  Hoopla  with a Minuteman Library Card. 

Register each week in advance to receive the Zoom link: [ July 10]  [ July 17] [ July 24] [ July 31]
Online Teen, Tween & Children's Events
The Children's Department is offering weekly craft kits for kids ages 3 - 12 years old.  Every Monday through the summer, a new craft kit will be available for curbside pickup while supplies last.  Each kit contains most of the materials children need to complete the craft. Kits do not include basic supplies like scissors, glue, and tape. Reserve your craft kit by calling the Main Library at (978) 318-3301 to pick it up via our curbside service. Reservations will be accepted starting Monday of each week as long as supplies last.
How-To's Day
Tuesdays, June 30 & July 7 @ 10:00 a.m.
All ages
Excuse me, do you have two minutes to spare every Tuesday for a little How-To fun? It's How-To's Day! Every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. on the Library's Facebook page, tune in for totally awesome mini-tutorials by Children's Library Assistant Cary Stough. Make an envelope out of scrap paper. Use a hammer properly. Cook the most gorgeous fried egg. How can Cary help? Send How-To suggestions to Cary at cstough@minlib.net.
Weekly Learning Challenge Series
Tuesday, June 30 @ 2:00 p.m. on Facebook
All ages
Are you ready for our weekly Learning Challenge? 
These at-home Weekly Learning Challenges are designed by staff to excite and engage children and teenagers this summer. Tune into our  Facebook page  @ 2:00 p.m. for a short video description of the challenge to Make your own Field Journal! On Monday, July 6, we will host a Zoom session so everyone can share their Field Journals with each other. Register here for the Zoom link.
Story Time with Royce on Zoom
Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
All ages
Missing storytime at the Library? Join us on Zoom for some short stories, songs, & rhymes. This is a great way to build early literacy skills. Children of all ages are welcome. Register to receive Zoom link. [ Sign up for July 1] [ July 8] [ July 15] [ July 29]
Cooking Program for Teens and Tweens: Pizza in a Mug
Wednesday, July 1 @ 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Wellness coach Julie Manning will lead tweens and teens in a microwave cooking class and teach you how to make pizza in a mug! The virtual cooking program will be held on Zoom.  Ingredient list will be shared with all participants before the program. Program runs weekly through the month of July. We make different recipes each week. Sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.
Virtual Dance Party for Ages 8 - 12
Wednesday, July 1, 4:30 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.  [ Register ]
Set to an upbeat playlist, this fun 40-minute class is based off of both jazz and hip hop components. Class will include a warm up, center combinations, and a stretch. Bring your dancing shoes, and let's get the party started!

Virtual Cardio Party for Teens
Wednesday, July 1, 3:00 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.  [ Register ]
Teen cardio party is an upbeat, high energy class set to fun music! Class begins with a dynamic stretching warm-up followed by a mix of cardio and strength training and a cool down/stretch. Sneakers and yoga mat or towel are recommended.
Tune in to the Library's Facebook to hear Reni read a very special goat story. A little herd of goats will make a special appearance! Reni is a Project Specialist at the Library. She had two baby goats born on her farm not too long ago.
Read to Luna the Dog on Zoom
Every Thursday @ 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Ages 5 and up
Did you know that reading to dogs boosts reading skills & emotional & social skills for children? Join us for a "Read around the Zoom" group reading experience. Using Zoom meeting platform, we will all take turns reading aloud to Luna and to each other. Bring some of your favorite poems or short stories. [ Sign up for July 2] [ July 9] [ July 16] [ July 23] [ July 30]
Sing-along with Ed Morgan
Join us on Zoom for an interactive sing-along with Ed Morgan, "The Music Man". Learn fun ways to connect
with your family through music. This family-friendly performance will have everyone up and moving, dancing and singing. Monthly this summer. Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.[ Register for Friday, July 17] [ Friday, August 21]
Virtual Adult Events
Thursday Morning Meditation Classes
July 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Join Be Well Be Here on Thursdays for a 30-minute morning meditation practice with the Concord Free Public Library, and start your day with a moment of ease. Discover mindful tools that center the body, settle the mind, and open the door to well-being. Every Thursday in July from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Please register for the Zoom link. [ Register
Staff Picks from Hoopla, Kanopy, RB Digital & Beyond
The Library staff members have thoughtfully selected many eBooks, audiobooks, and videos for you to enjoy at home. 

Here are the staff picks (updated and expanded regularly) -






(RB Digital Magazines service also includes a core collection of classic literature in  eBooks  and  audiobooks  from Recorded Books.)



Free Summer Audiobook Program for Teens 13+  (April 30 - July 29 through SYNC audiobooks) 






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